Translator Disclaimer
2 March 2001 Distributed robotic mapping of extreme environments
Author Affiliations +
Proceedings Volume 4195, Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII; (2001)
Event: Intelligent Systems and Smart Manufacturing, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
In the extreme environments posed by war fighting, fire fighting, and nuclear accident response, the cost of direct human exposure is levied in terms of injury and death. Robotic alternatives must address effective operations while removing humans from danger. This is profoundly challenging, as extreme environments inflict cumulative performance damage on exposed robotic agents. Sensing and perception are among the most vulnerable components. We present a distributed robotic system that enables autonomous reconnaissance and mapping in urban structures using teams of robots. Robot teams scout remote sites, maintain operational tempos, and successfully execute tasks, principally the construction of 3-D Maps, despite multiple agent failures. Using an economic model of agent interaction based on a free market architecture, a virtual platform (a robot colony) is synthesized where task execution does not directly depend on individual agents within the colony.
© (2001) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Scott M. Thayer, M. Bernardine Dias, Bart Nabbe, Bruce Leonard Digney, Martial Hebert, and Anthony Stentz "Distributed robotic mapping of extreme environments", Proc. SPIE 4195, Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII, (2 March 2001);


Levels of autonomy control approach for mobile robots
Proceedings of SPIE (September 30 2003)
Case for sensorless robots
Proceedings of SPIE (October 13 1998)
Enhancing functionality and autonomy in man-portable robots
Proceedings of SPIE (September 02 2004)
Structured beam projection for semiautomatic teleoperation
Proceedings of SPIE (February 12 2001)

Back to Top